NARROWSBURG, NY (October 14, 2015) — The Upper Delaware River Valley’s local Slow Food Chapter hosts a Free Apple Cider Pressing on Saturday, October 24, between

P107054011:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Hans and Cornelia Kung are hosting at 1300 Crystal Lake Road in Narrowsburg.

Bring your own apples and clean containers to this first come/first served event.

Maria Grimaldi will talk about both the well known and unexpected health benefits of apples. Sonja Hedlund, from Apple Pond Farm, will be on hand to discuss easy ways to preserve the bounty.  Slow Food Chapter Co-Leader Sally Ann Parsons will explain the Slow Food Ark of Taste and identify heirloom apple varieties that have boarded the Ark.P1070544

There will also be samples of the delicious syrup made from boiled cider, an historic
farm-based product made solely from the concentration of fresh, unfermented cider.

This will be a fun, child-friendly outdoor event, and attendees are encouraged to pack a lunch and a thermos of warm beverages. You may also bring an apple-based dish to share, but it is definitely not a requirement.

It takes about 15 pounds of apples to create a gallon of cider, so plan on bringing enough for a few gallons. Cider freezes very well.

Slow Food UpDeRiva (Upper Delaware River Valley) is part of Slow Food USA, the grass roots and global network of over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries. They link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. Slow Food promotes good, cider 1clean and fair food for all.

For more information, call 866-270-2015, e-mail upderiva@gmail.com, and ‘like’ the Slow Food UpDeRiva Facebook page for information on local apple sellers, potential weather cancellations, and upcoming events.


MONTICELLO, NY— The public can benefit from a one-on-one, interactive experience using a new research-informed workbook, “Guiding Senior Transitions,” Nurse_in_geriatrydesigned to provide the tools needed for greater healthcare self-efficacy. On Monday October 19, 2015 from noon to 3:00 pm, older adults are invited to attend a free workshop on this new resource book developed and initiated by Dr. Karin Pantel, EdD, RN, CNE of Older Adult Transitional Support (OATS).

Sullivan County students from the BOCES Health Academy and Touro College of Medicine in Middletown are encouraged to attend the event.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance self-empowerment during healthcare transitions, promote positive healthcare outcomes, and decrease often unnecessary re-hospitalizations. The workshop will take place at Action for Independence on 309 East Broadway in Monticello. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility.

Dr. Pantel and Bonnie Lewis, RN, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) dependent care educator and Caregiver Resource Center coordinator, will help participants complete the transportable workbook, which is to be utilized during urgent and routine primary care visits and during hospitalization for better care and a more prudent discharge. The three hour session will include information that can make future transitions between medical facilities and home a more beneficial process by giving the medical consumer enhanced self-advocacy and communication skills.

Space is limited and pre-registration for this free program is requested. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing sullivan@cornell.edu.

OATS is a collaboration of community stakeholders, county healthcare facilities, and county supported older adult resource agencies with about 25 active members.  The mission of OATS is to promote, strengthen, and enhance healthcare self-efficacy, potentiating the ability of our older population to remain in the community housing of their choice; preparing seniors, professional caregivers and family caregivers with the tools to maintain and sustain this goal.

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.

MONTICELLO, NY (October 12, 2015) — The Sullivan County Office for the Aging has scheduled a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY to gain input from older residents, baby boomers, and other interested FLYER. CRC Senior Safety Day. 2015 Finalparties on programs and services provided by the agency. The Public Hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a free continental breakfast.

The Office for the Aging provides such programs as home delivered meals and congregate meals, in-home services, assistance to informal caregivers, information and assistance, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sullivan NYCONNECTS, shopping bus and medical transportation. Information gathered at the public hearing will be
used in the development of the Agency’s Annual Plan for services which must be submitted to the New York State Office for the Aging by December 1, 2015.

Following the Public Hearing, Senior Safety Day: Domestic Violence; Senior Services Expo: Learn about senior programs and services.


SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 11, 2015) — Each year the Sullivan County Historical Society presents deserving groups or individuals with awards honoring them as either Sullivan County history make1br or Sullivan County history preserver.

This year’s award recipients are Harold Gold as History Maker and Elsie Winterberger as History Preserver.

The importance of the History Maker Award recognizes efforts made by Harold Gold, a resident of South Fallsburg, for his over 65 years of community involvement and his role, as a charter member of the College Board of Trustees, with the establishment of the Sullivan County Community College. Mr. Gold is well known throughout the county and does not need much introduction. He has worked tirelessly in many organizations, both within his town and throughout the county, always taking the long view. While the education of young people has always been of great ongoing value, there was a time when it was not clear if Sullivan County would ever have a school of higher learning to attract students and teachers from all over the world. It took a major fight to navigate the paperwork, the politics and the financial wherewithal to make the college a reality. Harold Gold is a popular civic leader and the last remaining member of the nine original College Trustees. He is well deserving of the History Maker Award for this and untold community organizations in which he participates.

The importance of the History Preserver Award recognizes the efforts made by Elsie Winterberger, a past resident of the Town Forestburgh. Elsie spent seventeen years as Forestburgh Town Historian, contributing to the historical preservation of the details of historical events large and small, yet all of specific interest to many. Appointed in 1974, her activities included not only gathering of historical material, but also spearheading many preservation projects within the town. Most importantly, Elsie shared her historical knowledge though a weekly newspaper column, Forestburgh Lore, in the pages of the Sullivan County Democrat and other local publications beginning in 1977.

The 2015 honors will be presented their awards during the SCHS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sunday, October 18th at the Rockland House, in Roscoe, New York. The event will begin with a 4:00 p.m. social hour followed by the dinner served at 5:00 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person.

The public is also invited to support the nominees by advertising in the SCHS Annual Meeting and Awards Diner Journal.

Dinner reservations for the opportunity to honor these deserving recipients and for more information concerning placing journal advertisements please contact the Sullivan County Historical Society at 845-434-8044. It is hoped that the public will take this moment to share in celebration of the honorees’ achievements.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 8, 2015) — Sullivan County has taken an important step toward a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. On October 2nd the not-for-profit Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) submitted a petition to the New bens-jpeg-sasd-logo-color1York State Public Service Commission seeking authorization to establish a countywide Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program.

A CCA program allows a municipality, in this case Sullivan County, to bundle the electricity purchases of all residents and businesses within its jurisdiction to secure a lower price. Because a CCA can purchase energy on behalf of tens of thousands of customers, it can negotiate lower rates that are not otherwise available to retail customers.

Under the terms of a resolution unanimously adopted by the county legislature, the Sullivan County CCA (SCCCA) must offer an electric rate that is equal to, or lower than, the prevailing rate. SCCCA may also offer customers a premium, 100% renewable energy option.

But SCCCA is not only about achieving immediate cost savings for consumers. It will also seek to develop local renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric.

SASD founder Dick Riseling explains, “Renewable energy production will create good local jobs, provide county residents with reliable energy supplies for years to come, and insulate us from the wildly fluctuating prices of fossil fuels.” Riseling also points out that “To the extent that Sullivan County can produce its own power, the money that customers spend on electricity will stay within the county.”

The SCCCA proposal was written by SASD board members and staff in consultation with the offices of the County Attorney and the County Manager. SCCCA will be developed and administered at no cost to county taxpayers.

For further information: E-mail sasdonline@gmail.com. Telephone: Carol Roig at 845-557-0343, or Bruce Ferguson at 845-482-5037.

Fred Edwards of Liberty among names added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial as part of Firefighter Appreciation Day.

NEW YORK STATE (October 7, 2015) — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the names of eight fallen firefighters who have been added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial located at the Empire State Plaza. With the addition of these eight firefighters, the edwards-fredFallen Firefighters Memorial now contains the names of 2,398 individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Today, we pay tribute to these brave individuals who gave their lives while protecting their neighbors and their communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the additions to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial, we will help ensure that their sacrifices and their dedication to the safety of others will not be forgotten.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and other state officials recognized the contributions of these eight courageous individuals at the 18th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony today in Albany. During the ceremony, Governor Cuomo issued two proclamations honoring the state’s career and volunteer firefighters. The proclamations mark Tuesday, October 6, as Firefighter Appreciation Day, and the week of October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week.

Lieutenant Governor Hochul said, “New York is proud to honor the heroic service of our firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of protecting us from danger. This memorial is an enduring reminder that we cherish their bravery, their mission, and their loved ones. We bestow our everlasting gratitude to these eight individuals today, and on behalf of Governor Cuomo, we vow to never forget.”

New York State Fire Administrator Bryant D. Stevens said, “This memorial serves as an everlasting tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. While firefighters understand the dangers they face, the names enshrined on this wall is a stark reminder to every New Yorker of this fact and of the sacrifices made by firefighters every day.”

“Today, I join fire chiefs and emergency responders from throughout New York State to recognize and remember our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice. We pay tribute to the families of the fallen and will ensure that their sacrifice will be forever honored,” said New York State Association of Fire Chiefs President Chief Daniel J. Schwertfeger.

“Today we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Tens of thousands of firefighters across this great State put their lives on the line every day in to protect their families, their friends, their neighbors, and complete strangers alike. It is our duty never to forget those who have answered their final call,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Robert McConville.

And New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association President Michael McManus said, “It is with heavy hearts that we remember the brave men and women who we have lost in the line of duty, protecting the citizens of New York State. We recall their bravery and sacrifice and extend our thoughts and prayers to their families and fellow firefighters.”

This year’s additions to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial are:

· Timothy T. Gunther, Firefighter, Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Dutchess County – May 5, 2015
· Joseph Sanford, Jr., Firefighter, Inwood Fire Department, Nassau County – December 23, 2014
· Gordon M. Ambelas, Lieutenant, New York City Fire Department, Kings County – July 5, 2014
· Fred Edwards, Firefighter, Liberty Fire Department, Sullivan County – May 7, 2014
· Kevin J. Bristol, Firefighter, Peekskill Fire Department, Westchester County – March 3, 2014
· Ross E. Huffer, Firefighter, Nesconset Fire Department, Suffolk County – February 27, 2014
· Kevin E. Townes, Sr., Firefighter, Mount Vernon Fire Department, Westchester County – December 8, 2011
· David E. Smith, Captain, Howells Fire Company #1, Orange County – April 11, 2006

Fred Edwards joined the Liberty Hose and Truck Co. No. 2 in August 1967 and remained an active member for 47 years. He served as fire commissioner, lieutenant and trustee with the Liberty Fire Department and also served with the Hudson Valley Firemen and Red Vest Associations. He was a lifelong resident of Liberty and a member of the Fraternal Order of Free Masons and Liberty Elks Lodge.

Fred passed away, at age 66, at his home on May 7, 2014 after participating in a training drill the night before and one earlier in the day, leaving behind his wife Diane, two brothers who also served in the Liberty Fire Department and several other family members. 

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial, dedicated in 1998, honors the memory and the valor of our fallen firefighters, as well as pays tribute to the more than 100,000 New York State firefighters who put their lives on the line every day. On average, New York’s firefighters respond to over 1.3 million incidents annually, which represents approximately 3561 events every day, 148 calls per hour, and 2.47 calls per minute.

MONTICELLO, NY (October 6, 2015) — Senior safety is an ongoing theme for the Sullivan County TRIAD collaboration with a continued effort to prevent elder abuse and maintain the quality and integrity of senior life. TRIAD, a partnership between senior citizens, law triadenforcement, and senior support agencies, announces the sixth annual Senior Safety Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

The public can learn about senior programs and services at this free event occurring from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ted Stroeble Recreation Center on 10 Jefferson Street in Monticello. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and Office for the Aging (OFA) will collaborate through the Caregiver Resource Center to offer this free opportunity emphasizing National Domestic Violence Prevention month.

The OFA’s annual public forum will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by guest speakers’ programs on domestic violence and elder abuse. A buffet lunch with homemade dessert will be provided and door prizes awarded at the conclusion of the event.

Speakers include Liliam Stettner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Christine Fiorile Harrington, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley attorney. Stettner discuss elder abuse and share an informative video entitled, “An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America”. Harrington will facilitate a conversation on financial abuse.

Pre-registration for this free event is requested in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing sullivan@cornell.edu.

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.

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